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Category Archives: Professional Paths

Tips from veterans and newcomers.

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe

Amanda Bullock is the Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in downtown New York City, where she organizes over 200 literary events a year and manages all of the bookstore’s social media. She is the co-creator and co-organizer of the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC (returning in November 2014) and the co-organizer of the Downtown Literary Festival.   ***** What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? I moved to New York City in 2006 with a dream of working in book publishing and landed a job […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Halimah Marcus, Co-editor of Electric Literature

Halimah Marcus is the Co-Editor of Electric Literature, a digital publisher based out of Brooklyn, New York, and its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. In addition to her editorial work, Halimah is also an author. Her writing has appeared in One Story, Philadelphia Noir, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. She has a Masters in Fine Art in Fiction from Brooklyn College. ***** What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? My first “job” in publishing was interning at Electric Literature, where I am now editor, though I suppose my […]

Brand New You: An Interview with Jane Friedman

Having worked as Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest, Consultant for authors, and Co-founder and Editor of Scratch Magazine, Jane Friedman (this Jane Friedman, not that Jane Friedman) is viewed as an advocate and go-to source for writers looking to build a platform. Much of her work is dedicated to giving writers the tools they need to thrive, be it through best writing practices, personal branding, or bringing transparency to what writers are being paid for their work. Being as skilled as she is at helping writers cash in on their skills, we wanted […]

Advice from Book Entrepreneurs Under 30

Earlier, we posted an article featuring four book entrepreneurs and their thoughts on how to succeed in the publishing industry despite being under the age of 30. In case you still need a little encouragement before you pitch your big idea to the world, here’s some bonus advice straight from the mouths of our three entrepreneurs themselves. Adam Gomolin: “Think really hard about the idea. Really do your research. Take apart your machine and put it back together in order to really understand it. Be diligent. Say thank you a […]

Young Innovators: Book Entrepreneurs Under 30

When it comes to changes in the business world, many young people have been at the helm of the revolution: Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at the age of 23 for Facebook; Matt Mullenweg began WordPress at 19; Tavi Gevinson became a preteen sensation because of her blog Style Rookie. While the next young entrepreneur extraordinaire is yet to be discovered, there are some hopefuls from the book industry who are working to change book business as we know it. But how does a budding entrepreneur take his or her idea and make it reality? There are many challenges that come […]

Off the Beaten Path: Rachel Fershleiser

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** With the increasing fluidity among industries, it’s not unusual for executives to leave traditional publishing roles in favor of new business ventures. In this Off the Beaten Path series, we asked four former traditional publishing professionals how their publishing experience affects their roles in their current companies and what they miss about their old stomping grounds. Rachel Fershleiser Literary Community Organizer, Tumblr; formerly in publicity at William Morrow and Scribner How has your publishing experience been helpful in your current job/industry? […]

Off the Beaten Path: Valentina Rice

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** With the increasing fluidity among industries, it’s not unusual for executives to leave traditional publishing roles in favor of new business ventures. In this Off the Beaten Path series, we asked four former traditional publishing professionals how their publishing experience affects their roles in their current companies and what they miss about their old stomping grounds. Valentina Rice Founder, Many Kitchens; former Vice President, International Sales and Marketing at Penguin How has your publishing experience been helpful in your […]

Off the Beaten Path: Paul Harrington

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** With the increasing fluidity among industries, it’s not unusual for executives to leave traditional publishing roles in favor of new business ventures. In this Off the Beaten Path series, we asked four former traditional publishing professionals how their publishing experience affects their roles in their current companies and what they miss about their old stomping grounds. Paul Harrington Vice President, Associate Publisher, CN Times; former Sales Representative at Oxford University Press How has your traditional American publishing experience been […]

Off the Beaten Path: Sarah Twombly

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** With the increasing fluidity among industries, it’s not unusual for executives to leave traditional publishing roles in favor of new business ventures. In this Off the Beaten Path series, we asked four former traditional publishing professionals how their publishing experience affects their roles in their current companies and what they miss about their old stomping grounds. Sarah Twombly Senior Strategist, Blue State Digital; former Literary Agent at Joy Harris Literary Agency How has your publishing experience been helpful in […]

Introducing Partners’ Corner

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  As a new monthly feature, we will be posting “Partners’ Corner,” a place where the principals of Market Partners International can share their observations of the publishing industry for the month. **** We’ve been doing a lot of searches at MPI this year, and having read more resumes and met more publishing people than most of you might meet in a whole career, we’ve been noticing something new: In the good old days, most […]